The Gore woman is among about 80 members of the Gore Contract Bridge Club who are enthralled by the game.
The club, which meets at its rooms in Trafford St, is hosting its annual learn-to-play sessions.
Club president Carole Bee said the club had been operating for 54 years and was very popular.
Members came not only from the Gore district but from West Otago, Northern Southland and Wyndham, Mrs Bee said.
The club hosted two sessions a week – Mondays from 7pm and Fridays from 1.30pm.
One of the aims of hosting lessons was to expand membership.
“We just want to keep growing our club,” Mrs Bee said.
Mrs Marshall was among the longest-serving members of the club.
“I’ve been coming since nearly the beginning,” she said.
She remembered attending when the club met at an upstairs venue in Main St.
“It’s a fascinating game – it’s never the same. I can’t believe they are never the same,” she said.
There had been some changes during the years.
“When I first played, you really could hardly see across the room for the smoke,” she said.
That had changed now that smoking was not allowed inside.
Earlier the scoring was done by hand, but now it was computerised.
“We often don’t agree with the result. We actually know we’ve done better than that.”
Mrs Marshall described the game as a good leveller and she enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at the club.
“It becomes part of your life.”
There was a perception bridge was for older people. However, the younger the player started the game, the better, she said.
- Learn to play bridge
- Sessions begin on Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm.
- Gore Contract Bridge Club, Trafford St, Gore.
- Cost of $40 includes subscription for the year.
- For further information contact Mrs Bee on (03) 206-4863 or 027 632-7853.The game of bridge has never failed to fascinate or challenge Dorothy Marshall.